DirectX 11.1 might not make it for Windows 7

By on November 11, 2012
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Microsoft has no plans to bring the new DirectX update to Windows 7.

Every new Windows version brings with it a fancy new DirectX update. With Windows 8, it’s DirectX 11.1. Usually, Microsoft then ports the new update to its older Windows platforms, like it did for Windows Vista when Windows 7 came with bundled with DirectX 11.

But it seems that the new Direct 11.1 update will remain exclusive to Windows 8. In a Microsoft Answers forum, program manager Daniel Moth stated that, “DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista, but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7.”

This is not a major concern for gamers, at the moment. DirectX 11.1 only features minor updates, and adds out-of-the-box stereoscopic 3D support. However, Microsoft could keep the next major DirectX upgrade tied to Windows 8, too, and with many reluctant to shift to the new operating system, this could be a major cause for worry for not only gamers, but also hardware manufacturers.

As a gamer, will you be updating to Windows 8 anytime soon?


Thanks, Neowin.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

  • ANdrew


  • Jed

    I upgraded already. I have no idea what the hate is about Windows 8. The new interface is slick and fast. If you need to look for something in the old start menu you can pretty much just start typing on the new start screen and it shows up pretty much immediately. Though I suppose MS “locking down” apps and features like this would generate the hate.

    • Majestic_Lizard

      It isn’t an upgrade. There is no reason that DX 11.1 should be exclusive. There were memory mapping that made DX10 & DX11 impossible for XP. That isn’t the case with Windows 7 and Windows 8. Windows 8 is causing Microsoft to lose a ton of money and this is their way of trying to force a few suckers (like Jed) to switch.

  • Wilker


  • Johan

    Actuely Peiple Should Start Caring Cause When The Next Generation Consoles Come Out Direct X 11.1 Will Be The Standard For Game Developers , Offcourse They Will Inclusde Back Support For Older Direct X11 But If You Want To Get The Most Out Of Your Gaming Experience i Think You Should Be Upgrading .

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